Category : Houston Food

Houston Community Spotlight: Plant it Forward

While Houston  has had a long history of welcoming new people, Plant It Forward takes Houston hospitality and kindness to a whole new level.


This collection of local, urban farms provide work for refugees to help them land on their feet in the U.S.


“Houston is a desert when it comes to fresh, locally grown food. We import almost all of the food we consume,” the organization explains on their site.


“Through Plant It Forward Farms, refugees can become active and contributing citizens that help Houston realize its potential as a leader in sustainable living.”


Plant it Forward provides fresh produce to some of Houston’s finest local restaurants, like Downhouse, Oxheart, and many more, winning the hearts of chefs and customers alike.


Plant it Forward even hosts a variety of events at their farms and in cooperation with local businesses, getting the community involved in sustainable living and providing a place for Houstonians to gather and meet new people. Their Facebook page provides more information on upcoming events.


So how can you get a taste of Plant it Forward’s garden-fresh produce, or lend a helping hand to this local gem? Plant it Forward sells produce at farmer’s markets and farm stands  across the city. Or you can get in on their farm share program and have your produce delivered directly to your door in a weekly box of farm fresh goodies.


If you’d like to get your hands dirty on the farm or selling produce at one of the Plant it Forward farm stands, volunteering is a great way to do your part for the community this spring.


However you choose to enjoy Plant it Forward’s amazing program – eating delicious food at a local restaurant, having produce delivered to your home, or going to one of their annual farm celebrations – you too will be paying kindness forward to refugees and Houston’s vibrant, up-and-coming sustainability movement.




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Best Lunches in Houston

Houston is known for it’s great food – and when you’re in a time crunch, you can still get a taste of the best lunches in Houston for a decent price. Muiishi Makirritos Muiishi Makirritos is an Asian-fusion lunch truck with some tasty and crunch bites. Try the hot mess fries or the bulgogi hand rolls. For up-to-date menu options and lunch truck locations, follow them on twitter.

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Bangkok Thai Cuisine Bangkok Thai Cuisine – nearby on Westheimer – has a reasonable lunch special menu from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. $7.50 includes an entree, soup, roll, and rice.

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Chuy’s Chuy’s will satisfy your lunch-time Tex-Mex cravings. Whether you get a burrito, tacos, or enchiladas, at Chuy’s everything is made fresh from fresh ingredients.
Where will you be lunching this week in Houston? Let us know your favorite spots, and we’ll feature them in our upcoming articles! Happy lunching!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Brunch at The Egg and I

Brunch – that magical time encompassing both breakfast and lunch – originated in 19th Century England, but thankfully it is still practiced in 21st Century Houston. For many, the best brunch spots are the closest brunch spots, as on the weekends we prefer to sleep in and take it easy! Luck for us, the best brunch joint in the neighborhood, The Egg and I, is just down the Street from Alta City West.

The Egg and I specializes in… well, eggs! But non-egg centric seasonal specials include Chia Coconut Oatmeal, Honey Smoked Salmon Frittata, and the Oatmeal Pancake (gluten free!) topped with berries and raspberry agave. Their season juice is sure to put some spicy nutrition into your belly as the fresh pair and citrus is sweetened with agave and ginger and then spiced up with jalapeño!

No brunch would be complete without a plethora of egg dishes. Among the classic and creative benefits (like crab!) you’ll also find vegetarian options. They also have scrambles and omelets (see photos below).  Those seeking comfort food will find solace in Southern classics like biscuits and gravy and grits.

Each menu item is detailed with allergen information and dietary concerns, appeasing the the gluten-free, allergen-sensitive diners among us. The gluten-free menu can be found here.

At the Egg and I juices (orange, tomato, grapefruit, apple and cranberry) are fresh squeezed, and the coffee is bottomless and always served fresh.  You just can’t beat a local restaurant where everything is made to order!

The Westeimer location is open from 7:00 am until 2:00 pm, so get it while it’s hot!

What are your favorite spots in the neighborhood? Let us know and we’ll cover it in our next Neighborhood Spotlight!



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Where to Buy a Valentine’s Gift in Houston



Valentine’s Day was originally a pagan fertility festival and later became a Christian holiday. Now, now than 62 Million American’s celebrate the holiday, according to History.com.

Gifts of flowers, candy, and chocolates are typical Valentine’s Day love tokens, as is the romantic Valentine’s dinner.

If you’re going to shower your special person with gifts, try these local Houston gift shops.

You can surprise your valentine with a box of roses from Every Moment Houston. A teddy bear and a romantic movie are perfect gift accompaniments for your love.

Floral Concepts are a “Texas florist with a lovely variety of fresh flowers and creative gift ideas to suit any style or budget.” When you order flowers from Floral Concepts you can have a bouquet of red roses (or arrangement of your choice) delivered to your Valentine’s door.

If the best way to your Valentine’s heart is through his sweet tooth, check out Kegg’s Candies.  Handmade chocolates and fudge are sure to wine your sweetheart’s heart! If you’re looking for a little hands-on sweetness, try taking Kegg’s chocolate making class!

If your Valentine’s hearts melts with both sweets and flowers, try Edible Arrangements. The “True Love” bouquet is an argument of chocolate dipped strawberries. Their “Berry Chocolate Love Bouquet” features chocolate covered strawberries and heart shaped pineapple spears.

If the old-fashioned greeting card is a party of your love game, swing by Paper Source. In addition to sentimental cards, you can also pick up heart-felt gifts like The Hugging Mugs (a pair of coffee mugs reaching out in an embrace) and you can also have your special gift gift wrapped. 

Did you buy your valentine a special surprise? Take a picture of the special day and send it to us! We’d love to see the way you’ve celebrated your love on this special day!



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Where to Celebrate Valentines Day in Houston



This Valentine’s Day, show your Valentine you care with a great dinner!  There’s several  romantic spots to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Houston, right in the neighborhood!

Churrasco is celebrating 5 days of amour with a special Valentine’s Day menu. Begin your meal with a Mojito cocktail and a guacamole starter. Valentine mains include plantain crusted chicken, pollo with jalapeño crema, and grilled steaks. Enjoy a bottle of wine with your romantic meal and end the night with a chocolate truffle cake.

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Mezza Grill is celebrating Valentines day with a four-course meal. At $120 a couple, indulge on a seafood appetizer, a lobster bisque salad, New Zealand Lamb Chops, and finish with an Oreo Chocolate Mousse. Each dinner includes a glass of wine, or a romantic glass of sparkling champagne.

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Étoile Cuisine et Bar is known in Houston for hosting prix-fix meals to benefit charity. Throughout the month of February, $7 of your $65 meal will go to benefit Second Serving, an organization with eliminates food waste in Houston.


On Valentines Day, Etoile Cuisine et Bar is featuring a special 3 course prix-fixe menu for $74 per person. Make sure to order the Maine Lobster Bisque and Mushroom Risotto!


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  Where will you celebrate this special day in Houston? We’d love to hear your plans!



Farmer’s Markets in Houston

Besides better-tasting meals, there’s many benefits to buying fresh, locally-raised produce and goods. For starters, it supports the community we live in and provides the freshest seasonal fruits and veggies. Often times, farmers even have better prices that your local grocery store – that’s a win-win! Try out some of Houston’s best farmer’s markets from the list below. 

Houston’s Best Cheap Eats

Known for its vibrant, booming food scene, Houston is a great place to explore your foodie side. Whether you’re a longtime local or just visiting, here are some of the city’s tastiest, most wallet-friendly meals you need to try ASAP.    

Houston’s original grilled cheese food truck Golden Grill has rightfully kept their place as a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Whether its their famous classic, buffalo chicken, carnitas, or pizza variety, GG’s sandwiches are sure to please thanks to their buttery, cheesy goodness. Your taste buds will thank you. (Price: $5-8)

This family-owned and operated spot has been in business since 1963, and the prices are nearly as original as the menu. A good ol’ classic burger will always serve you well, but Champs is famous for their “Texas Size” chicken-fried steak sandwich. First-timers, try it with a Hershey’s chocolate shake for optimal happiness. (Price: $5.19)

 

Pena’s Donut Heaven & Grill is known for inventive donut combos and budget-friendly prices to boot. Sausage, egg, and cheese on a fluffy, gooey donut? Yes, please. This breakfast sandwich is a good idea any day of the week. Or should we say…everyday? (Price: $3.89)

 

Take your pick (or just get both) at Guru Burgers & Crepes, where savory and sweet happily marry under one roof. Hint: We recommend balancing the grass-fed Texas Akaushi beef burger with an Oreo-Nutella crepe. (Price: $7-10)

Ramen done right, indeed. Tiger Den is a Houston favorite thanks to superior taste and fresh, quality ingredients. It’s not unusual to see a line out the door, so you know it’s good. (Price: $8-9)

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Best Sports Bar Food in Piney Point Village

All that cheering can make a fan hungry! We’re fortunate to have some of The Best Sports Bars in Piney Point Village, and now feast your eyes and set your stomaches on some of the best bar food in town.

When you catch the games on the bar TVs at The Yard House, look forward to some of these American pastime favorite eats:

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At Nick’s Place you can find American Staples like pizza and wings!



American Staples like Steak and Potatoes and Crawfish can be found at The Hideaway on Danville.

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You’re in for some Crawfish and American Beer at The Deck on Fountainview!

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You’ll find burgers, fries and finger foods at Jake’s Sports Bar.

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Will one bar TV do? Or do you need wall-to-wall action? Check out The Best Sports Bars in Piney Point Village to get the layout of all the sports bars in town!
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